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Wallet Busters: PC games winter sales arrive in force

Dec 20 // Dealzon
Top Picks From each stores: Best Buy Gamers Club Unlocked 2 Years — $30  (list price $100) Steam Wallet Cards — 5% Off   (Best Buy) Battlefield 4 (Origin) — $4.99 (list price $30) Alice: Madness Returns Complete (Origin) — $4.99  (list price $30) <- new deal Borderlands 2 (Steam) — $2.99  (list price $20) <- new deal Console Deals PlayStation 4 Console — $329.99  (Walmart store pick up only) <- new deal Xbox One AC: Unity Bundle + Destiny + $50 Gift — $349.99  (Best Buy) <- new deal PlayStation 4 White Destiny Bundle + Killzone Shadow Fall — $399.99  (Best Buy) Wii U Deluxe + Super Mario 3D World + Nintendo Land — $249.99  (Target) Origin Year End Sale Dragon Age: Inquisition Digital Deluxe (Origin) — $46.66  (list price $70) Dragon Age: Inquisition (Origin) — $39.99  (list price $60) The Sims 4 Digital Deluxe Edition (Origin) — $34.99  (list price $70) The Sims 4 (Origin) — $29.99  (list price $60) Battlefield 4 Premium (Origin) — $24.99  (list price $60) SimCity: Complete Edition (Origin) — $19.99  (list price $40) Titanfall (Origin) — $9.99  (list price $20) FIFA 14 (Origin) — $9.99  (list price $20) Dragon Age 2 (Origin) — $9.99  (list price $20) Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare (Origin) — $7.49  (list price $30) Battlefield 3 (Origin) — $0.99  (list price $20) GMG Holiday Sale Use coupon: WINTER-SALE20-GROGRE Ends 12/31: Telltale Games Collection (Steam) — $16  (list price $100) Thief Collection (Steam) — $9  (list price $45) Sam and Max: The Devil's Playhouse (PC/Mac Download) — $7  (list price $35) The Wolf Among Us (PC/Mac Download) — $6.80  (list price $25) Thief: Master Thief Edition (Steam) — $6.60  (list price $33) Jurassic Park: The Game (Steam) — $6  (list price $30) Thief (Steam) — $6  (list price $30) Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space (PC/Mac Download) — $6  (list price $30) Sam and Max: Save the World — $6  (list price $30) Strong Bad's Cool Game for Attractive People (Steam) — $6  (list price $30) Portal Bundle (Steam) — $5  (list price $25) The Lord of the Rings: War in the North (Steam) — $4  (list price $20) Back to the Future: The Game, Episodes 1-5 (Steam) — $4  (list price $25) Law & Order: Legacies (Steam) — $4  (list price $20) Hector: Badge of Carnage (Steam) — $4  (list price $20) Puzzle Agent 2 (Steam) — $2  (list price $10) Thief - Deadly Shadows (Steam) — $1.80  (list price $9) Thief Gold (Steam) — $1.40  (list price $7) Thief II: The Metal Age (Steam) — $1.40  (list price $7) Puzzle Agent (Steam) — $1  (list price $5) Poker Night 2 (Steam) — $1  (list price $5) Poker Night at the Inventory (Steam) — $1  (list price $5) Telltale Texas Hold 'Em (Steam) — $0.60  (list price $3) Ends 01/02: RPG Maker VX Ace (Steam) — $14 (list price $70) Brink Complete Pack (Steam) — $12  (list price $25) Age of Empires II HD (Steam) — $5.44  (list price $20) Larger GMG Sale list here. GameStop Winter Sale WildStar — $19.99 (list price $40) Guild Wars 2: Heroic Ed. — $19.99 (list price $40) Tropico 5 (Steam) — $13.99 (list price $40) Command & Conquer Ult Collection (Origin) — $4.99 (list price $20) Dragon Age Origins: Ultimate Ed. (Origin) — $4.99  (list price $30) Larger GameStop Sale list here. Steam Holiday Sale Day 13 Deals: Wasteland 2 Digital Deluxe Edition (Steam) — $29.99  (list price $60) ARMA 3 (Steam) — $29.99  (list price $60) Wasteland 2 (Steam) — $19.99  (list price $40) The Forest (Steam) — $10.04  (list price $15) Lichdom: Battlemage (Steam) — $9.99  (list price $40) Lethal League (Steam) — $6.99  (list price $14) Child of Light (Uplay) — $5.99  (list price $15) Final Fantasy VII (Steam) — $5.99  (list price $12) The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings Enhanced Edition — $2.99  (list price $20) Metal Slug 3 (Steam) — $2.39  (list price $8) Larger Steam Sale list here. Uplay Winter Sale 48 Hour Deals Ends 12/21: Watch Dogs (Uplay) — $29.99  (list price $60) South Park: The Stick of Truth (Steam) — $13.60  (list price $40) Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Blacklist Deluxe Ed. (Uplay) — $10  (list price $40) Child of Light (Uplay) — $6  (list price $15) Valiant Hearts: The Great War (Uplay) — $6  (list price $15) Mac Game Store Winter Sale Ends tonight. These are Steam Play titles, works on PC. Use coupon: PCGAMES5OFF Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel (Steam) — $28.49  (list price $60) Sid Meier's Civilization: Beyond Earth (Steam) — $28.49  (list price $50) Divinity: Original Sin (Steam) — $28.49  (list price $40) Sid Meier's Civilization V: Complete Edition (Steam) — $9.49  (list price $50) Mount & Blade: Warband (Steam) — $4.74  (list price $20) Console Game Deals Destiny (PS4, PS3, Xbox One) — $39.99  (list price $60) Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare (PS4, PS3, Xbox One, 360) — $39.99  (list $60) Lords of the Fallen (PS4, Xbox One) — $39.99  (list price $60) - thanks Bill PS4 NHL 15 — $39.99  (list price $60) Driveclub — $34.99  (list price $60) Diablo 3: Ultimate Evil Edition — $29.99  (list price $60) The Last of Us Remastered — $19.99  (list price $50) Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare — $19.99  (list price $40) Xbox One Halo: The Master Chief Collection — $44.99  (list price $60) Sunset Overdrive — $34.99  (list price $60) Forza 5: Game of the Year Edition — $34.99  (list price $50) PS3 Rocksmith 2014 Ed. + Real Tone Cable — $39.99  (list price $80) Battlefield 4 — $15  (list price $30) Beyond: Two Souls — $9.99  (list price $40) Wii U Sonic Boom: Rise of Lyric — $39.99  (list price $50) <-- wait till $1? Lego: The Hobbit — $25  (list price $40) Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge — $5  (list price $60) Laptop Deals Lenovo Y50 Core i7-4710HQ, 16GB, GeForce GTX 860M, 1080p — $939  (list $1,400) MacBook Air Core i5-4260U, 256GB SSD (Latest Model) — $899.99  (list $1,100) Dell Inspiron 13 7000 Series, 1080p Touch, Core i5-4210U, 8GB — $699  (list $799) Dell XPS 11 Core i5-4210Y, QHD 1440p Touch, 128GB SSD — $599.99  (list  1,200) Misc Hardware / Accessories Deals Intel 730 Series SSD 480GB — $199.99  (list price $500) Crucial M550 SSD 256GB — $109.99  (list price $200) OCZ Arc 100 SSD 240GB — $79.99  (list price $150) Xbox Music Pass 12 Month (Digital Code) — $49.90  (list price $100) Nintendo eShop Card 10% Off — $45  (list price $50) Xbox Live Gold 12 Month Membership — $44.99  (list price $60) Updated 12/22 at 10AM PST. Added/removed some stuff.
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Straight to the backlog
For those PC gamers who aren't yet broke from all the holiday shopping, this week Steam, GMG, GameStop, and heck -- even Uplay, launched PC games winter sales to tug at your wallet. Steam's winter sale went live Thursday at t...

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Dragon Age: Inquisition gets 20% cut on Origin with sitewide coupon

Console somehow still cheaper
Dec 19
// Dealzon
Origin launched a rare sitewide promo code on its storefront today, knocking 20 percent off almost everything in the catalog. (It doesn't work on BioWare points, so don't bother checking.) While there are definitely some excl...
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Free SimCity 2000

Sure, I'll take a free copy of SimCity 2000 on Origin

Don't even think about disabling disasters
Dec 09
// Jordan Devore
I never thought I'd have this many games attached to my Origin account, but here we are with yet another On the House offer from Electronic Arts I might as well claim. You know, just to have. SimCity 2000 is free (read: free to keep, not free to play for a limited time) so get on that. I think the last time I seriously played this was in, gosh, middle school? It's been a while.

The giant list of Black Friday PC digital game deals

Get your Steam, Origin, and U-know-what keys
Nov 28
// Dealzon
Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. PC gamers, you are now officially under wallet barrage as Black Friday has come to digital games. There are ...

Destructoid's Black Friday videogame buyin' guide

Nov 27 // Brett Makedonski
Wal-Mart: Xbox One Master Chief Collection bundle with $30 gift card -- $329.99 Over 20 titles at $35 including Destiny, Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition, and Mario Kart 8. Over 40 titles at $25 including Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, Assassin's Creed Rogue, Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, and inFAMOUS: Second Son Nintendo 3DS XL Super Mario Bros. 2 Gold Edition Bundle -- $149.99 Full ad Best Buy: Wii U 32 GB Deluxe bundle with Super Mario 3D World, Nintendo Land, Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze, and Super Smash Bros. -- $359.97 PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers -- $39.99 Handful of games for $30 including Watch Dogs, Alien: Isolation and Sleeping Dogs: Definitive Edition Handful of games for $25 including Titanfall, The Evil Within, and Metro: Redux Full ad Target: Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle with $50 gift card $15 gift card with the purchase of various titles including Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and Far Cry 4. Nintendo 2DS -- $99 Full ad Amazon: Xbox One Assassin's Creed Unity bundle --$329.99 Honestly, nothing sticks out too much here. Everything's mostly a mixture of $20-$40 games that are available everywhere else. The only real benefit is that you get physical copies without having to leave the house. Steam (All PC, obviously): The Evil Within -- $20.39 Wolfenstein: The New Order -- $20.39 Lords of the Fallen -- $29.99 The Stanley Parable -- $7.49 BattleBlock Theater -- $3.74 Full site, deals change daily Green Man Gaming (Also, all PC): Using this code should net you 20 percent off most purchases at GMG, even games that are on sale: B9J1L1-0AZCS9-S0IASV Thursday: The Evil Within -- $20.39, Wolfenstein: The New Order -- $20.39, Thief -- $7.49 Friday: Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 -- $23.99, DmC: Devil May Cry -- $12.49 Saturday: Alien: Isolation -- $24.99, Remember Me -- $7.49, Fallout 2 -- $4.99 Sunday: Resident Evil: Revelations -- $12.49, The Wolf Among Us -- $12.49 Monday: Murdered: Soul Suspect -- $7.49, Strider -- $7.49, Ultra Street Fighter IV -- $19.99 Full site, deals change daily Origin (Once again, all PC): Titanfall -- $4.99 Need for Speed: Rivals -- $14.99 Mass Effect 2 -- $4.99
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'Stimulate me, you heathens!' - The Economy
Merry Thanksgiving, everyone! (And by "everyone," I mean those in the US; happy Thursday to everyone else.) It's on this, the holiest of days, that we remember the Pilgrims that selflessly died so that we may pursue our god-g...

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Origin Black Friday Sale has titles up to 75% off

Still no Mass Effect DLC deals
Nov 25
// Dealzon
Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. Origin started up a "Cyber Week" sale for this Black Friday and Cyber Monday period (aka "we want a piece of the...

Dragon Age: Inquisition deals for Origin & Xbox One (updated for release)

Just stay clear of me Alistair
Nov 13
// Dealzon
Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. On Tuesday, November 18 BioWare's Dragon Age Inquisition makes its debut on all major videogame platforms for th...
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Free Dragon Age

Dragon Age: The Last Court available now, free*

Some jumping through Origin hoops, naturally
Nov 10
// Steven Hansen
Dragon Age: The Last Court is meant to bridge the gap between Dragon Age II and the upcoming Dragon Age: Inquisition. The story-driven, text-based RPG is playable now provided you log in with an Origin ID. ...

CoD Advanced Warfare, Dragon Age Inquisition up to 20% off

Yep, it's another CoD
Nov 01
// Dealzon
Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. If you're a PC gamer questioning why you need to spend the full $59.99 for a purely digital copy of Call of...
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Free game

Free PC game! Crusader: No Remorse and that might be Boba Fett

I bet your PC can run it
Oct 28
// Brett Makedonski
Electronic Arts has discounted one of its games by an undefined divide by zero error percent, all the way from $4.99 down to free. Crusader: No Remorse is currently gratis on Origin for a limited time. Crusader's about a...
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Titanfall horde mode

Good thing Titanfall is getting a horde mode because there's no one else to play with

Stompy stompy with friends
Oct 22
// Nic Rowen
In a live Twitch Stream today, Respawn announced and demonstrated a new horde-style game mode for Titanfall, yay! Why am I the only one excited? Well, for anyone else who's still playing Titanfall, we can expect a fairly stan...
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Free Dragon Age

Dragon Age: Origins is free on Origin until Tuesday

DLC not included
Oct 08
// Jordan Devore
Many of you haven't seemed too thrilled with EA's free game offerings on Origin, which is understandable -- they've been hit or miss. This one should prove a bit more compelling. The standard edition of Dragon Age: Origins is...
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Kill time with Bejeweled 3 now that it's free on Origin

Or kill time by commenting about your feelings on Origin
Sep 17
// Jordan Devore
It may not carry the same weight as past "On the House" offerings like Dead Space or Battlefield 3, but the latest freebie from Origin, Bejeweled 3, is a great game in its own right. The popular match-three puzzler is free to...
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Play Garden Warfare, Kingdoms of Amalur for free on Origin for a limited time

Full access through Origin Game Time
Aug 15
// Jordan Devore
Through Origin's Game Time program, it's currently possible to play Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare and Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning for free -- for a limited time, of course. Simply download either game and, once you lau...
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Free Battlefield 4

Battlefield 4 is free to play for a week on PC

Add the game to your library before August 14 to partake
Aug 07
// Jordan Devore
EA is back with another Origin Game Time promotion following that one for Titanfall. Those of you on PC can claim a week of free access to Battlefield 4 -- just add the game to your Origin library before August 14. The clock ...
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Wing Commander III is free on Origin

Now I just need a joystick
Aug 05
// Jordan Devore
The next free game in EA's On the House promo for Origin is the classic space combat sim Wing Commander III: Heart of the Tiger. Add it to your account and its yours to keep. This is definitely something to check out for folk...
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So, uh, EA is giving out The Sims 2 Ultimate for free

All expansion and 'stuff' packs included
Jul 23
// Jordan Devore
EA recently announced the end of its technical support for The Sims 2 and in doing so said that players would be given a free The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection upgrade as thanks. That was an unexpected move, but this one's even ...
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Origin is doing Steam's 'free-to-play' weekend program now

Starting with Titanfall on PC
Jun 20
// Chris Carter
You know how Steam has been running its "free weekend" program for ages, where you could play a (typically) big release over the course of a few days without paying? Well EA's Origin platform is adopting the same program, sta...
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Grab Peggle for free on Origin

On Origin...
Jun 17
// Chris Carter
If you haven't played Peggle by now, I don't even know what to say. Play it. It's great. There's even an expansion and a second game out by now -- but those cost money. The first Peggle is currently free, but there's one...

Titanfall's first DLC out May 15 for Xbox One and PC

Story #204 in our round the clock coverage of Titanfall $$$$$$$
May 13
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Titanfall's Expedition downloadable content pack will be out on May 15 for the Xbox One and PC. The Xbox 360 version will be out down the line. Expedition includes three maps -- Runoff, Swampland, and War games -- and will co...
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Titanfall: Expedition's Swampland map sure is swampy

Swampy, like your underwear gets in the dead of summer
May 09
// Brittany Vincent
Had enough Titanfall yet? You're about to get another dose with Swampland, the final map to be revealed in the Titanfall: Expedition DLC package, the first set of content available for Titanfall. Swampland is exactly what th...
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Plants vs. Zombies

Pick up Plants vs. Zombies for free on Origin

Zombie ga yatte kita!
May 08
// Brittany Vincent
If you're looking for a reason to see the bright side about using Origin, you can pick up Plants vs. Zombies: Game of the Year Edition there currently for the low, low price of free. I realize that doesn't exactly make up for...

Mini Deal North: Amazon's EA downloadable game deals

From May 6 through May 12
May 06
// Dale North
Amazon has some great deals on downloadable EA games, starting today. Most of the deals will spit out an Origin code for a discounted price. There is the option with some of them to use an Origin/Amazon account linking. For t...
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Dead Space is free if you're willing to put up with Origin

It's gotten better, I'll say that much
Mar 27
// Jordan Devore
In an effort to get you to finally install Origin, Electronic Arts has begun a new On the House promotion in which "full games, expansions, and more" can be downloaded for free. The first selection is one those who can deal w...

Titanfall cheaters can only play with other cheaters now

'You can play with other banned players in something that will resemble the Wimbledon of aimbot contests'
Mar 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Titanfall cheaters, your time is up. Respawn has been using the FairFight system to detect cheaters on the PC since the game's launch, and if you're caught you will be banned from the general population. You can still play th...
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Bulletstorm inexplicably yanked from Steam

Energy Leash most likely not to blame
Mar 21
// Brittany Vincent
In a somewhat baffling move, it appears the raucous Epic Games and People Can Fly first-person shooter Bulletstorm has been removed from the likes of Steam. It's a classic case of "here today and gone tomorrow" as the skillsh...
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Titanfall review coming

Our Titanfall review is coming soon

And our Dark Souls II review will go up at midnight tonight!
Mar 10
// Chris Carter
[Update: Here it is!] As you may have seen, the official Titanfall review embargo has just lifted. Where's our review? It's on the way, and here's why we're waiting to publish. In short, with how big of an online focus T...
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Peggle, Bejeweled, Bookworm, and more in this PopCap bundle

Redeemable on Steam and Origin
Mar 07
// Jordan Devore
It's chaos on the Humble Store right now, from the Humble Mobile Bundle 4 to Double Fine's Amnesia Fortnight 2014 to Devolver Digital's bundle for IGF chairman and all-around terrific human being Brandon Boyer. Here's one mor...

Titanfall leaks: Maps, Generations, Achievements, and more

The Achievements all look so easy
Mar 03
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
We're one week out from the launch of Titanfall, and there's been so many leaks on the game over the last few days. All the leaks come from reddit, where a user has released several photos of the maps, including top down imag...

Why Titanfall will be my next big gaming obsession

Feb 12 // Hamza CTZ Aziz
At first, your instincts will kick in when you start a round of Titanfall and play it like it's any first-person shooter that's been released in the last few years. It can't be helped. FPS games have always followed what was successful before them. It started with the Doom formula, then Quake, GoldenEye 64, Halo, and Call of Duty 4. They were some of the biggest trendsetters, and now we have Titanfall changing up the status quo. Time will tell if Respawn ultimately strikes gold again in the genre, but personally I believe they will. Titanfall has captured this nice middle ground where it's just fast-paced enough to please Quake and Tribes fans, but not to the point where it will turn off what the ultimate target audience here is: Those millions of players buying Call of Duty and Battlefield year after year. That said, I had a very hard time going back to other shooters after Titanfall as they felt just too slow, and so limiting. Speed is one thing, but it's not until you experience something like running alongside a wall for a few seconds, jumping to an adjacent wall, using your jetpack for a short boost up, automatically grabbing the edge of the roof to hoist yourself up, then running off the roof in order to jump down onto an opposing Titan below so you can effectively unload your gun into its circuitry that just feels so, well, freeing. Then of course there's the Titans themselves. Piloting them just feels like an extension of you, like a second skin to the player. It's actually a shocking feeling at first, especially if you've played mech simulators in the past like say Gundam 0079, Steel Battalion (the good one), and the like where it feels like you're controlling a big hulking slow piece of machinery. The action gets even more fast-paced in a Titan, yet still balanced so you're not just an unstoppable behemoth. Titanfall does a good job of making you feel like a badass, even if you're not the best FPS player around. Wallrunning, using the Titans -- it's all intuitive and designed to reward the player, as opposed to punishing you for making a mistake. Check out some of my wall running from the video commentary to get a good sense of it. [embed]270332:52546:0[/embed] More importantly, it all feels balanced. Titans don't come across as extremely overpowered, and you don't feel totally helpless as a pilot since there's enough avenues of escape from how open the environments are when there are Titans around.  And whatever your feelings are towards the six-versus-six nature of the multiplayer, it still feels like there's a lot going on during matches. There's always some fighting taking place, even if it's against the AI enemy players. You will know when you're up against the AI, and while they aren't the brightest, they can take you out if you're being careless. It can even get claustrophobic when there are multiple Titans duking it out. So yeah, I think the multiplayer is great if you couldn't tell. The campaign, on the other hand, doesn't sound like much. We've known from the start that Titanfall has no real single-player -- it's one in the same with multiplayer as you're playing with others. While there will be specific things that can only be seen in the campaign mode (set pieces, etc), the story levels will be taking place on the same levels you'll get in multiplayer. You'll play through the story from each of the rival faction's perspective (IMC and Militia forces), and the entire campaign will take around four to five hours to complete. If you're okay with just a primarily multiplayer experience, you won't mind the length. I'm getting into Titanfall for multiplayer, and with the way things are looking for the rest of the year it looks like Titanfall may be one of the only major competitive FPS games launching in 2014, giving it the potential to really grow a player base. It will at least hold me over until Destiny is released in September. No idea if the multiplayer will be any good with that one, but it is Bungie after all.
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Plus gameplay commentary covering the contents of the closed beta
It was the beginning of 2013 when I finally just got tired of the competitive aspect of first-person shooters. It's been my favorite genre ever since the GoldenEye 64 days, but over the last few years I've just been losing mo...

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